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Cold @ Gramercy Theatre (3/22/2011)

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Artist: Cold
Venue: Gramercy Theatre (New York, NY)
Opener: Egypt Central, Kopek
Date: 3/22/2011
Label: Eleven Seven Music

Before I get down to business on this show report I have a little confession to make because I’m not going to lie to the readers and say that this event which was entitled “A Tour Of The Amercican Dream” was the show that I originally wanted to be at because this was not at all the case. The main reason for this was that I had intended to see something else on this night and I also didn’t have a total command of the bands performing so would have felt a little lost. When my original plans fell through I quickly recouped the time with this show and hence would be able to educate myself deeper in what Cold was all about. This is one of the amazing parts about living in NYC and that is when one set of plans gets shit canned, you can often find something different to do with your time in about ten minutes. “The Tour Of The American Dream” would find Cold returning to NYC with the bands Kopek and Egypt Central. That was a very good thing because the opening bands were already known to me in name and a couple of tunes so it would be a full on new experience when it came down to it in the live sense. Starting off the show was an unsigned band called Ocean’s Divide who I missed but seemed to be nice dudes as I got to say hello at their merchandise table after their set. I could not spend too much time discovering more about them however as Kopek was set to hit the stage in moments.
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“Egypt Central” by Egypt Central

Artist: Egypt Central
Title: “Egypt Central”
Label: Fat Lady Records
Release Date: 1/15/2008
Genre: Alt-Metal
Rating: 3.5/5

When I started spinning this one I was finding myself immediately drawing some comparison to the riffing and vocals to that of Linkin Park and while it’s never bad to compare a band to someone you have already heard at first listen, I decided to give it another go to see if they were able to stand strong on their own in my mind. I was glad that I did this because while this was my initial impression and albeit it somewhat true the material that the guys in Egypt Central were doing really seemed to be rather good. It starts off with “Different” and while there is some common ground being laid down to that of LP, there is not much on the electronic effects element being done. The bands debut single was “You Make Me Sick” and we find John Falls (singer) mixing it up vocally by blending his anguished screaming with a fairly good melodic register. “Over And Under” came off to me as a song with potential radio accessibility for while still possessing a heavy groove there is a catchy chorus that could find an audience remembering it easily.
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